Cat announces new officer position, new hire

By WEEK Reporter

Cat announces new officer position, new hire

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday that its Board of Directors has appointed Kathryn Dickey Karol to the newly created position of vice president with responsibility for global government and corporate affairs.

Kagol is currently vice president of global government and corporate affairs for Amgen, Inc., a position she has held since 2006.  Previously, she was an executive director of government affairs for Eli Lilly & Company. She will join Caterpillar on September 10, 2012, and will report to Jim Buda, Caterpillar executive vice president with responsibility for law and public policy.

"As the global leader in our industry, and with a strong presence in every region of the world, it is more important than ever that Caterpillar effectively leverage our government and corporate affairs teams to support our global business," Buda said.

Karol will be based in Washington, D.C. and will have responsibility for strategy development and implementation for Caterpillar government affairs in the United States, as well as leading government affairs teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and South America.

In addition, Caterpillar's Corporate Public Affairs organization will report to Karol, which includes corporate communications, the Caterpillar Visitors Center, media relations, social activities and the Caterpillar Foundation.